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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Suspense Sundays (102) Spoils for Victor

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
Suspense was a radio series from 1942 to 1962.  I have a fondness for "Old Time Radio" as we call it now, and Suspense is my favorite show.  It sets up weird, dark, scary, or intriguing stories with a plot twist in the end, and all in half an hour.  For Suspense Sundays I'll give a short review of an episode.

"Spoils for Victor"
Air date: May 24, 1959
Starring Robert Horton
>>Episodes here<<

An out-of-work actor, Victor, bumps into a beautiful woman and gets her phone number.  He goes to his agent's office to call her and arrange a date, and the agent realizes the beautiful woman is a wealthy heiress.  The agent bankrolls Victor's dates with Madeleine and it ends in matrimony.  But the agent wants Madeleine to have an accident so they can make a big profit.  The trouble is Victor is really in love with Madeleine.

I really enjoyed this episode!  It was nice that Victor really didn't want Madeleine to die, because it's too often the other way round in these stories.  The agent seemed so smart with his plans that when he tells Victor what he wants him to do to cause Madeleine's death, there is such a gaping flaw in his plan (to the agent's detriment) that it's unbelievable the agent didn't think of it.  And the flaw is totally exploited in the episode.  Fortunately that is not the twist in this episode - there is one last pretty heartbreaking one which surprised me.  This is a great listen.

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